My fellow Shoe-A-Holics, after two days of indulgence (Thanksgiving and Black Friday respectively), I spent they day giving back to my community; during Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) holiday shoppers are encouraged to shop locally, supporting the small businesses which are the foundation of local economies.*
When one thinks of Toronto, the glitz and glam of downtown often come to mind, but before Toronto became the metropolis that it is today, small businesses are what drove the city. It was a nostalgic day for me as I recollected times from my own childhood when I would escort my mother to the local businesses she patronized; not one for shopping (then), I relished the opportunity to go because it usually meant I would eat breakfast at the lunch counter while she shopped...and I always ordered hot chocolate and toast with butter.
My first Small Business Saturday started off with breakfast (be forewarned, everything we bought had to to with food!). At Goose Feathers, an Express Cafe & Bakery, I enjoyed a grown up version of my breakfast of yester-year, I ordered a double shot of espresso-cappuccino and a sticky bun. Next stop was the Savannah's Candy Kitchen where I indulged in a giant white chocolate peanut butter cup and chocolate covered English toffee. I made a quick stop by the Globe Shoe Company and realized that although I love shopping locally, I do not have the funds with often accompany this little luxury. So there were no shoes for me...or so I thought, until I ran into the only man I have ever met who actually looks good in a red suit!
One last stop had me entranced, much the same way I was as a girl every time I passed a toy store; Super Nintendos and He-Man figurines to the original Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony Planet Fun had retro toys for the kid who lies dormant in every adult, which, funny enough, the store was packed with adults who fawned over toys they once had or had wanted. With the morning officially over we headed off to the second half of our Small Business Saturday, which you'll have to come back and read on Friday!
Baci a tutti!
Designer: Philip Simon
Style: Wedge Athletic Shoe
Heel: 4 inches (10.16 cm)
Platform: 0.75 inches (1.91 cm)
Material: Suede, Leather and Pebbled Leather Uppers, leather lining along with metal eyelets and D-Ring details
To see how I rated these shoes, check out my review of them here on Tumblr!
*Amex, Small Business Saturday
Beautiful in any color; click here to see these beauties in Black!
How I Styled It?
It was a cold morning, and knowing that we were going shopping, I decided to layer on thinner items of clothing instead of wearing a bulky coat; so I started with an oxblood-colored oxford under a grey sweater. I layered that with a cashmere blend cardigan I got from the market. I hadn't worn this lovely capelet from Newport News (several years ago), in quite some time. The scarf is also from the market, the bag is Bongo, the jeggings are Hue and the socks are Old Navy. SN